Queen hit by royal split as ‘favourite grandchild announces separation’

The Queen's "favourite grandson" Peter Phillips has split from his wife, it is being reported tonight.

Phillips' wife Autumn has reportedly ended their relationship suddenly after 12 years of marriage.

Her Majesty is said to be "upset" after Autumn, 41, broke the news to Princess Anne's son, 42.

A pal told The Sun: “He (Peter) is devastated.”

It comes amid fears that the mum-of-two wants to follow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle back home to her native Canada.

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It is claimed the Megxit crisis could have hastened Autumn's decision.

One pal told The Sun: “Peter is absolutely devastated by this and just didn’t see it coming.

“He thought he was happily married and had the perfect family with two lovely daughters. But he is now in total shock.

“Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman but she’s been telling her friends for some time that there were issues.

“She is a favourite of the Queen and I’m sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well.

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“It’s the last thing she needs after all her recent troubles and you get the feeling that the royal family is falling apart a little bit.”

A friend also told the newspaper: "What worries some of us is that Autumn may want to go back to Canada.

"Maybe she has been influenced by Harry and Meghan’s departure. Perhaps she thought if that can happen then I can leave as well? That might be unfair on her but you have to consider it."

Sports marketing consultant Peter and Autumn, who is a management consultant, have two children – Savannah, nine and Isla, seven.

Autumn is said to be close to the Queen and was seen travelling with her to church on September 29.

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Autumn, raised Catholic, had to convert to Church of England before their wedding in 2008 so Peter could stay in the line of succession, where he is currently 15th.

They married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – the same venue where Harry and Meghan got wed.

More than 300 guests saw the couple wed, including the Queen and Prince Philip and 70 members of Autumn’s family who jetted in from Canada.

Peter’s sister Zara Phillips was joined by Mike Tindall, who she married three years later, while cousins Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugenie also attended

Prince Harry was joined by then girlfriend Chelsea Davy but Prince William was unable to attend due to a clash with a friend’s wedding in Kenya, and so Kate Middleton attended without him.

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Peter is the son of Princess Anne and her husband Mark Phillips, who both decided their children would be brought up without royal titles.

The news comes is the latest problem to hit the Royal Family amid a chaotic year for the Queen, which commentators have branded a second Annus Horribilis.

Prince Philip was involved in a car crash at the start of last year and later fell ill, while Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal duties over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Then just last month Harry and Meghan dropped the bombshell they are quitting the Royal Family for a new life in Canada.

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